Most people who attend La Plata are aware of the Childers family and their participation in the school community. Mr. Childers not only teaches social studies for La Plata, but is also the head varsity baseball coach and the yearbook adviser. Mrs. Childers teaches English and runs the La Plata a cappella group Unplugged. Chase Childers, a junior at La Plata, is just as involved as his parents. He is in Honors and AP classes, Unplugged, golf and baseball.
Each member of the Childers family has an extremely busy schedule throughout the week, but Mr. Childers said the stress is definitely worth it. He went on to explain, “La Plata is such a great place with so many talented students. I can’t imagine not being involved with them. Their excitement about life in general keeps me feeling young.”
Knowing how to manage time is essential for this family. Mr. Childers said, “Prioritize (your responsibilities), but put school first. Everything else will fall into place if you put your academics first.” Mrs. Childers added that you should not procrastinate and you should definitely keep an agenda. If you truly enjoy what you’re involved in, managing your time wisely should come easily.
Mrs. Childers admitted that she has not always been involved in many activities. “I was very shy in high school and was only involved in choir and the Latin Club. I worked one summer at a pizza parlor and knew from that moment on I would never have a career that involved food! Sports were not an option for me since I am one of the most uncoordinated people on the planet — really! It’s a good thing for Chase that Mr. Childers is very athletic. It wasn’t until I became a teacher that I became so involved.”
Mr. and Mrs. Childers enjoy being involved in La Plata beyond the school day because they realize how talented and generous the students are. They inspire one another to do better every day and hope to have that effect on Chase as well. Both of them said they want to be successful not only for themselves, but for their family as a whole.